September 14, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:54

Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


September 14, 2016



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 8:04pm.



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Conrad, Egan, Albon, Pratl  Commissioner Crout was absent with notice.

Also present: Director King, Recreation Superintendent Malito and Maintenance Superintendent Biskey.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. 



President Pratl gave the floor to Marcia Walsh, of the PTA.  Ms. Walsh introduced herself as the President of the PTA, and gave a short presentation thanking the Board for their past and continued support of the PTA and inviting them to become members of the PTA.  Director King commented that the Park District will continue to support the PTA in whatever way they can, but would need information regarding dates/times of the event(s) in advance.



Chair Report

Commissioner Albon commented on the new Ball Fore Flyers that went out to the community.  They are hopeful that it will bring in business to that facility.


Superintendent’s Report

Recreation Superintendent Malito reported on some fitness activities that have been planned for the children participating in the RAH program. 


The men’s basketball league will be starting at 6:30 instead of 7:20 which will result in an earlier end time so the facility can close on time.


Commissioner Albon commented on the Tiny Tot program schedule adjustment and had a few suggestions for next year’s registration efforts.


Superintendent Malito reported that there are currently 8 participants signed up for the Starved Rock trip on September 17th.



Chair Report

Commissioner Egan reported on a power outage in the area which included Frontier Fieldhouse.  Appropriate actions were taken to ensure the safety of the patrons.


Commissioner Egan gave the floor to Maintenance Superintendent Biskey for his report.


Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Biskey reported that the painting/upgrades to the Teen Center and bathroom upgrades at Lombard were completed.


The bathroom floor renovation at Freedom Activity Center is set to start on September 8th.


Lily Pad is officially closed for the season.  From a maintenance standpoint, there were no major issues during the season.


Superintendent Biskey has a meeting on September 15th with Sportsfields, Inc. to take a look at the ball fields to address any concerns or issues in order to plan for upgrades or renovations before the next season begins.


The small bleachers have been put out at Freedom Park with extra garbage cans and picnic tables for the Our Lady of the Ridge football season.


Commissioner Conrad asked about the condition of Freedom Park after the Ridge Fest.  Superintendent Biskey reported that the maintenance staff has been watering and the park is starting to look good, but Sportsfields, Inc. will have more input as to the condition of the park during their meeting.


Director’s Report

Director King reported on the new Tiny Tot’s program schedule.  The four-five-year-old class will be shortened by one day; however, the curriculum will stay the same.


The Board was made aware of the annual Joint Review Board regarding the TIF on October 5th.  Director King encouraged the Board to let him know if they would be interested in going or have questions for the Joint Review Board.


The playground boards were again presented to the Board for their review.  Director King will be meeting with playground companies at the NRPA conference coming up.  He will have more information regarding grants, prices, etc. at the next meeting.



Chair Report

There was nothing to discuss at this time.  The Board was given July financial statements to review.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad expressed his appreciation to the Board, on behalf of his family, for their support at the passing of his father.


There was some discussion regarding plans for the new playground.



There was no old business to discuss.



There was no new business to discuss.



There was no need to enter Executive Session.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 8:48pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Albon.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.



______Kevin King____________

Kevin King, Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this  28th  day of September, 2016.

____ Kevin King______

Kevin King, Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District

Chicago Ridge Park District